Climate Justice Internship

Mission, purpose, and programs of our organization:

MN350 is a dynamic, volunteer-led grassroots organization building a people’s movement to demand that Minnesota take a leadership role in addressing the climate crisis in a just and sustainable way. Programs include:

  • Working with a statewide coalition to move Minnesota to 100% clean energy
  • Pipeline resistance campaign to stop Line 3
  • Public education through climate conversations, outreach, and deep canvassing
  • Advocacy for policy to support clean transportation infrastructure
Intern projects and work:

The following internships are currently available for summer of 2019.

Clean Transportation InternThis internship would focus on turnout for Solutions team events and pushing out the Zero Emissions Vehicles campaign. Responsibilities would include managing turnout through phone calls and emails and expanding commitment to issues. Depending on the intern’s interests, we could include lots of skills training and practice, such as communications, issue campaign creation, database management, and more.
Social media, outreach and event planning
Help build a vibrant climate justice movement, using strategic social media, tabling outreach, and planng fun and creative events to grow our power to make change.
 
Summer canvassing
Learn how to speak with people at their door about issues related to climate change and climate justice.  In this internship you will learn about all aspects of canvassing, from the work that goes into setting up a canvass to canvassing best practices.   
 
Inclusive Finance Intern: This internship would involve managing and directing our involvement with the Inclusive Finance campaign table we sit at, especially as it might heat up this summer. An intern would be attending table meetings, engaging constituents and businesses, and turning MN350’s Minneapolis members out to key educational and political events. Intern could develop skills in communications, local organizing, and energy utility policy.
 
Fundraising
Interested in gaining valuable fundraising experience and skills? MN350 is looking for interns to help with a variety of logistics and coordination for FUNdraising projects this summer including organizing for our fall gala, helping support a “Musicians for Climate Justice” series of concert parties and bringing in new MN350 Action monthly members!
 
Pipeline Resistance:
Help build the campaign to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline which is proposed to run through northern Minnesota. Line 3 would have the same climate change impact as 50 coal plants. The specific focus of this internship can be individualized based on skills and interest. Major needs include writing, public outreach, event/action planning, and building coalition relationships. Activities might include helping to pull off a large march or action, improving MN350’s written materials related to Line 3, generating opinion pieces for traditional media, supporting educational house parties, etc. Interns will be assigned to a staff or volunteer leader on the pipeline campaign based on skill areas they would like to develop.
 
Data and Technology:
Dirty data in, dirty data out! Besides relationships, data is the most important foundation to the movement. Work on improving data and technology use relating to the database, data collection, and more.
    • Improving systems and process improvement
    • Developing training for volunteers
    • Privacy & data policy development
Skills and experience

We work with people from diverse backgrounds.  Interns would benefit from having experience working in groups, and managing projects, strong interpersonal and writing and communication skills. Bi-lingual in Spanish is a plus but not required.

How to Apply

This internship is unpaid. To apply, decide which project/s you are most interested in, and send your resume and cover letter to Ulla@mn350.org.

Current Projects

 

Policy Action Team

Lobbying Coordinator (through the end of Legislative Session) – Point person: Mysti Babineau

  • Communicate with people who are interested in in-person meetings with their legislator.
  • Help coordinate lobby day scheduling.

Climate Majority Project – Point person: Lois Norrgard

  • Communicate with people who are interested in building a relationship with their legislator on a regular basis over email, phone and social media.

 

Pipeline Resistance Team

Letters to the editor – Point person: Julia Fritz-Endres

  • Recruit volunteers to write letters to the editor on pipeline issues in key districts, especially Northern Minnesota.
  • Coach on writing best practices

Line 3 permits (Through September 2019) – Point person: Andy Pearson

  • Engaging and organizing around remaining Line 3 permits  – requires legal and power analysis knowledge of bureaucratic processes and how to organize public participation around them.

Line 3 house parties – Point person: Sarah Harper

  • Reaching out to potential hosts to design the structure of their gathering and going over MN350’s house party toolkit materials
  • Promoting the event on email and Facebook
  • Frequently following up with the host to answer questions and provide any necessary support
  • Debriefing the event and collecting participant contact information.

 

Solutions Team

Zero Emission Vehicle Turnout – Point person: Noa Shavit-Lonstein

  • Coordinate turnout to influence rule-making, including a circulating a petition, soliciting comments, and scheduling folks for in-person visits to the Governor and team.

Regenerative Agriculture Letter writing campaign – Point person: Stan Sattinger

  • Helping and encouraging people to write to food distributors

 

Social Media/Communications – No team affiliation required

Social media amplifiers – Point person: Brett Benson

  • Reach out to and orient people who have expressed interest in helping to amplify MN350’s campaigns over social media.
  • Communicate key campaign messages and check in with team members.

At-event communications – Point person: Ulla Nilsen

  • Help recruit and orient Twitter live-streamers, writers, photographers and videographers who are available to attend MN350 events.
  • Communicate with campaign teams to understand current messaging guidelines.
  • Let at-event communications team know about upcoming events and coordinate who can attend which one.
  • Provide feedback and celebrate successes.

Photography team – Point person: Brett Benson

  • Make sure event photographers photos get into our Flickr account
  • Keep photo storage system organized.

 

Outreach

100% House Parties/Climate Conversations – Point person: Ulla Nilsen. Should be able to attend Education and Outreach Team meetings, first Monday of the month.

  • Reach out to potential house party hosts and coordinate scheduling with house party facilitators.
  • Orient hosts regarding their responsibilities and what to expect.

Welcome Event Coordinator – Point person: Ulla Nilsen. Should be able to attend Education and Outreach Team meetings, first Monday of the month.

  • Work with volunteers to put on a regularly scheduled Welcome Event

 

Fundraising

House Parties  – Point person: Kate Jacobson and/or Grant Stevenson.

  • Work with MN350 staff to reach fundraising goal through individual house parties by either helping to coordinate a cluster of house parties the spring and/or fall or to support one of house parties hosted by our major donors throughout the year
  • Involves supporting house party host with planning, logistics and guest tracking and could include helping to train on telling a powerful story and making a strong ask (staff support included here)

Spring Appeal  – Point person: Kate Jacobson

  • Help coordinate the drafting and editing of our direct mail piece and online outreach (email, social media, etc)
  • Work with printer and mailhouse to deliver direct mail pieces
  • Collaborate with house party coordinator to reach goal set for the appeal
  • Track progress of the appeal

Monthly Donor Drive/MN350 Action Membership Drive  – Point person: Brett Benson

  • Work with MN350 staff to design and coordinate a monthly giving drive to reach our fundraising goals
  • Help coordinate the drafting and editing of drive communication pieces both online and offline
  • Help recruit volunteers to help text and/or phone bank

Grants Coordinator   – Point person: Kevin Whelan

  • Track deadlines and progress of grants submitted and received
  • Keeping grant documents organized
  • Help coordinate volunteers supporting grant writing for MN350 and MN350 Action by supplying information and documentation relevant to each grant application

Fundraising Event Coordinators  – Point person: Kate Jacobson and Kevin Whelan

  • Throughout the year we have events sponsored by MN350 or by allies in the community who want to raise funds on our behalf. We are looking for volunteers interested in stepping in to help coordinate these fundraising events/efforts as they arise.
  • Includes meeting with event host to understand our role, help recruit volunteers and promote through MN350 offline and online communication channels